Massimiliano Allegri is the new coach of Juventus after Antonio Conte resigned last week but his arrival has not pleased Bianconeri fans.
Although Juve fans are probably expecting their club to have a disastrous season with Allegri at the helm, he might be able to perform better with the Bianconeri than what he did with AC Milan.
His time with the Rossoneri started off well but after winning the scudetto in his first season with them, the club eventually started to fall apart on and off the pitch.
If Allegri is to do well at Juve, here are five reasons why his tenure in Turin could be better than in Milan.
Less Off-Field Drama
At AC Milan last season, there were disagreements between Adriano Galliani and Barbera Berlusconi and Galliani wanted to leave the club. Honorary President Silvio Berlusconi wanted Galliani to stay as well as his daughter to be involved in a director’s role with the Rossoneri.
Both Galliani and Barbera Berlusconi have been given CEO roles, with the veteran director focusing on the footballing aspects and the president’s daughter on non-footballing issues. It also worth mentioning that Berlusconi Snr has also been fighting various charges in the Italian courts in recent times and he was apparently not very fond of Allegri.
Allegri won’t have to deal with those type of issues in the background at Juve. He will able to work well with President Andrea Agnelli and General Director Giuseppe Marotta and build a good enough squad to work with.
Less Veterans to Work With
When Allegri arrived at AC Milan, there were plenty of veterans on the roster. There were players such Gennaro Gattuso, Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Nesta and Andrea Pirlo were just a few of the players who were over 30 years old.
Although he won the 2010-11 Serie A title with those players, he eventually had to phase them out. Pirlo was allowed to leave at the end of that season and he has shone since his free transfer to Juve.
Allegri and Pirlo will be re-united and if they can work together, that would be positive news for Juventus. Pirlo is 35 years old and he is one of the very few veterans who could play a key role for the Bianconeri this season.
The others would be 36-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, and 33-year-old Patrice Evra, who is expected to the Bianconeri from Manchester United. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Allegri is not expected to start 33-year-old Andrea Barzagli in defence.
Less Erratic Players to Coach
Allegri coached a few players at AC Milan that would have been labelled as “bad boys” or enigmas such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli. Working with forwards like them would be a headache for most coaches.
At Juventus, the only player who could come close to them would be Carlos Tevez. Roberto Mancini froze him out of the Manchester City squad for a part of the 2011-12 season after refusing to come off the bench in a UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
Tevez has been calmer since arriving in Turin so there is a good chance that Allegri will have an easier time controlling things in the dressing room.
Cutting Down on Tactical Experiments
If there was one thing that made Allegri a coach loathed by calcio fans, it was his tinkering with players. He would persist with playing certain players in different positions even though they had regularly shown that they were uncomfortable.
With the Rossoneri, Allegri had used central midfielders Andrea Poli and Antonio Nocerino as right-backs, central midfielder Kevin Constant as a left-back and left-back/left-winger Urby Emanuelson as an attacking midfielder.
He did have two successes though, converting Kevin-Prince Boateng from a central midfielder/left midfielder into an attacking midfielder and he turned Nocerino from a defensive midfielder to a box-to-box midfielder.
At Juve he needs to allow his players to thrive in roles that suit them best but there are predictions in La Gazzetta dello Sport that box-to-box midfielder Claudio Marchisio could be used as an attacking midfielder, role that he has failed in for both club and country in the past.
If Allegri could leave Marchisio in central midfield and not use him as an attacking midfielder or a wide player on the left, that would be great.
Kwadwo Asamoah has played as a left wing-back in the 3-5-2 formation at Juve but has struggled as a left-back in a back four. If Allegri wants to use him in the 4-3-1-2 formation, Asamoah must not play at left-back.
Allegri needs to play everyone to their strengths. He can work on their weaknesses but he must not revolutionise their roles and try and change his players.
Bring Back the Beautiful Football from his Cagliari Days
Most people would have forgot that Allegri got the Milan job thanks to his fantastic work at Cagliari. As a player, he was coached by Giovanni Galeone at Pescara, who had a reputation for coaching ultra-offensive teams and Allegri would have taken some ideas from him on coaching.
At AC Milan, the style of play was not exciting. The team was built around Ibrahimovic and then Balotelli and they were expected to provide moments of brilliance. In midfield, Allegri had the likes of Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini, Mark Van Bommel and Nigel De Jong at his disposal, players who were artisans more than artists. Overall, the team was also slow in possession.
When Allegri coached Cagliari, his team was one of the best to watch in Italy. The Sardi were quick in their movement on and off the ball, they played with flair and played with confidence against all opposition.
Allegri transformed a team that looked like relegation-fodder into a team that had an outside chance of qualifying for European competitions.
Federico Marchetti was superb in goal, Davide Biondini was a workhorse central midfielder who eventually started to show more confidence on the ball, Andrea Cossu was a sublime attacking midfielder who could create a plethora of chances and Robert Acquafresca and Alessandro Matri fired in the goals.
Acquafresca has not been the same player since. He is not a guaranteed starter at Bologna but for Allegri’s Cagliari, he was a fine centre-forward and he showed more mobility too. Now he is a static player who can’t seem to find his scoring boots.
Matri struggled at AC Milan but Allegri had his reasons for signing him. Matri came of age under Allegri at Cagliari and he showed that he could play as either a centre-forward or support striker.
Allegri will have midfielders at Juve who are more talented than the ones at Cagliari and more attack-minded than the ones at Milan. If he can hold onto the likes of Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba and also find the right player for the trequartista role, this Juve team could be great to watch.
If Allegri can win and do it in style, he can really prove his doubters wrong.